Alta, Iowa (KTIV) – For the first time since 200, Buena Vista County Fair is hosting an open livestock show. And leaders say they can’t be more excited.
Buena Vista University and the Buena Vista County Fair came together to help bring back the agricultural open livestock program.
Fair leaders say it’s a great opportunity for people to get interested in the program and for them to come out and show off their animals.
“It’s great to help bring it back. We think it’s important that these kids show off their animals. They’ve worked so hard, they’ve worked with it. And that’s why we brought it in for them. To be able to, ”said Dana Kristen, president of the Buena Vista County Fair Board.
University leaders say partnering with the fair was a great way to help their students teach the next generation of farmers.
“I think the greatest part of it is getting people around to come together and see a common interest. One of the fun things about AG is being able to go to them, never meet them in your life and you feel like you are long lost friends. Just because you got that general connection, ”said Rich Crowe, director of food, agri and resource management at BVU.
Dana Kristen, president of the Buena Vista County Fair Board, said she is grateful for the community’s support.
“It’s great to see people willing to take their time and support us, support our fair, support cattle,” Kristen said.
Leaders say they are hopeful the open livestock show will continue for the next few years.
Fair and university leaders added that they hope to see the show spread to other pets such as swine and even goats.
A senior at the Sioux Center is keen to show off his livestock at the livestock show.
Emma Ahrendson has been showing cattle all her life. He said many of his show opportunities this year have been canceled due to COVID-19, so he was excited about the opportunity to perform at the Buena Vista County Fair.
He says showing cattle has had a big impact on his life.
“It has definitely helped me fall in love with the farming community and everything we are going through here. And it also helped me to be a leader. And it helped me find what I wanted to do with my life. And I have a lot of opportunities to try new things and decide where I want to go, ”said Ahrenden.
Ahredsen’s breeding feeder Heifer became the champion in today’s show.
He added he is keen to continue working with the cows to show up again next year.